Evan’s ESS = 8 out of 10
Erin’s ESS = out of 10
Content = PG – 13 (Mild Language, Mild Violence, Bullying, Name Calling, Evil Schemes)
“It’s simply the most adorable thing ever: My mother has joined a gang.”
“Sunrises and sunsets are real jerks about putting things in perspective.”
Why: The title alone should inspire you to check this one out. The actual content, well....
Actually, we really enjoyed I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President, however, more than once we wondered what in the world we were reading. The rest of the time we were laughing wildly. Seriously, the narrator is a middle school boy, who happens to be the world’s premier mastermind bent on world domination. Oh, and little Oliver Watson doesn’t want anyone to know that he’s a genius or that he’s actually the 3rd richest person in the world. He LOVES grilled cheese sandwiches and he has a knack for bribing high ranking officials with a rare Boba Fett action figure. Oliver also takes time away from his busy schedule to run for class office.
We hesitate to brand I Am a Genius of Unspeakable Evil and I Want to be Your Class President as a mindless read, because there are several profound thoughts within the text, yet don’t be expected to feel “changed”. Maybe a little dirty... The novel wins several style points for its originality, although, at times, we were put off by the mean spiritedness of the main character. Despite his confident narrative, Oliver has some pretty significant daddy issues he must wrestle with.
Still, the novel hit its mark with us and caused a few untimely public outbursts of laughter. The title really does summarize the book quite well. As for Oliver’s success in the world of cutthroat middle school politics... you’ll have to read the book to find out.